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Coyote Buttes via Cottonwood CoveNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2016
AZWanderingBear
Hiking1.45 Miles 253 AEG
Hiking1.45 Miles
253 ft AEG
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The southern end of Coyote Buttes had given us a taste of what was in store. As our vehicles labored through the deep sand of the area's roads, we could see the sandstone teepee formations of Cottonwood Cove in the distance. The hike from the road to the Cove is deep sand and uphill. We were surprised by the wildflowers springing from every slight depression that might hold a bit of moisture in this arid landscape.

Getting closer, the formations rose from the sand looming above us. At the base of the nearest formation a depression had made a pool from the recent rains. Chana, our friends border collie wasted no time in taking a refreshing dip. The rest of us spent time clambering up and over and around the coarsely layered sandstone, marveling at what eons of compression below the earth's surface and then exposure to the elements of erosion had wrought forth. The lines, shapes, contours and hues of orange, red, pink, and gray warped to and fro.

The morning had gotten long and we made our way back across the sand for lunch in the shade of a cedar. On the horizon, see could see White Pocket, our final waypoint of the day.
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